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61st annual Chesterton Art Fair set for August 3-4

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The 61st Annual Chesterton Art Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, at Dogwood Park in Chesterton. The hours of the fair are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, with an admission charge of $5 per person, or $7 for the whole weekend. Children ages 12 and under are free. Parking is also free,

Dogwood Park is located at the corner of 1100 N and 23rd St. The event will include over 80 juried artists from 13 states in 15 different mediums.

Mark VanderVinne, a landscape painter from Porter, will return to the Chesterton Art Fair this year. He describes his work as, "contemporary impressionism", capturing urban and natural landscapes using loose strokes and a keen attention to light.

"I donít want everything to be defined in order to allow the viewer to bring some of themselves to the piece. But more important to me than style is to create a mood,Ē VanderVinne said. ďI want people to feel the cool dappled shadows on a bright sunny day, or the atmosphere on a rainy morning, or the quiet of the late evening in autumn. I see things in artistic terms, but when someone else is moved by what Iíve created, thatís where the real magic happens.

"When I first moved to the Chesterton area, I did so to raise my children in a smaller town and to get closer to nature so it was more readily available to paint. I still remember going to my first Chesterton Art Fair and being surprised at the quality of work. I was not an exhibitor then, but I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. Iíve been exhibiting as an artist for about 10 years now at the art fair, and itís always been a great event,Ē VanderVinne said. ďI love exhibiting locally and getting the chance to meet with art lovers - both those I have known for a while, and those who have never seen my work. As an artist, Iíve tried to build up a certain reputation in the local community and the Chesterton Art Fair is a big part of making that happen." VanderVinne's work can be found online at

Other Porter County artists exhibiting include Mary Acton (Pysanky eggs), Jackie Gray (fiber), Nancy Harrington (jewelry and wind chimes), Cynthia Hicks (jewelry), Jackie Kalin (mixed media), Dave Lee (glass), Jayde McAloon (jewelry), Kathi Millet (jewelry), George Millet (painting), Mary Ann Pals (pastels), Joel Pisowicz (ceramics), and Candice Sexton (jewelry). Artists from Lake County include Rita Anthony (photography), Ricardo Cortez (sculpture), Peggy Davis (acrylic), Sally Hooker (watercolor), Joe Ladendorf (photography), Kelly Meska (clay), Kathy Smith (2D mixed media), and Scott Smith (photography).

Along with a full roster of artists, the Art Fair will feature local food and entertainment. The Golden Fingers Ukulele band (11 a.m.-12 p.m.), and Ally Christian (12:30-1:30 p.m.) will perform each day. The Salt Exchange will play Saturday at 2:00 p.m., followed by the Flashbacks at 3:30. Sunday will feature the music of the NWI Youth Symphony at 2:00 p.m.

A variety of businesses and local organizations will be featured, including Ivy's Bohemia House, The Women of the Moose, St. Elizabeth's Orthodox Church, Biggby Coffee, and Dog Days Ice Cream Parlor will all offer culinary options. The Chesterton Art Center will be selling cold beverages.

Children are invited to get creative in the Children's Art Booth. Kids will be able to choose from a variety of arts and crafts that can be created onsite and taken home. Art Fair t-shirts (adult sizes for men and women) will be sold beforehand at the Chesterton Art Center and during the event at the hospitality tent. Anyone wearing an Art Fair t-shirt will be given free admission. Folks who have their shirt decorated will receive a raffle ticket good for prizes at the hospitality tent.

To purchase tickets to the Chesterton Art Fair, visit Proceeds from the Chesterton Art Fair are vital to the operation of the Art Center, helping provide art education programming for the coming year. Over 1,000 children participate in art classes each year, creating projects and learning to appreciate and enjoy art in its many forms.

The Chesterton Art Center is at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. For more information visit


Posted 7/26/2019




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